WELLINGTON — Kids from across the county increased their bank accounts Saturday after the Lorain County Fair’s junior livestock auction, and at least one sale record was broken.
Shadrach Jack Dvorak, 13, of Wakeman, sold his roughly 6-month-old hog, Francisco Lindor, for $15.50 per pound, shattering the fair’s previous record of $12 per pound.
“I really wasn’t worried about the price,” he said. “I’m just here to win.”
Weighing in at 270 pound, Francisco Lindor brought the family more than $4,000 for their children’s collective college fund. Stacey Dvorak said the win was for the family, as all her kids participate in the fair.
“They do all their barn work, they do all their grooming, all their practice together and we always say that you work as a family, you lose as a family, you win as a family,” Dvorak said. “They’re an amazing team, they support each other and we’re just real fortunate to be able to be in this agricultural industry.”
The hog was bought by Chuck Brooky of the Laborers Union Local 758. While Brooky lives in Milan, he grew up in Oberlin and was involved in the fair as a kid. He said he appreciates the amount of work that goes into raising lifestock for the fair.
“It’s important to give back to the community,” Brooky said. “Laborers Union in Lorain County supports our kids. We all work and support our families in Lorain County, so we like to give back.”
Earlier in the morning, the fair’s steers were auctioned off. Tucker Webb, 10, of LaGrange, won grand champion in modern beef, and his 1-year-old steer, Stubby, sold for $4.25 per pound.
He said raising Stubby took a lot of work, but it paid off at the auction.
“It’s hard because you have to feed it every day, but it’s fun because you also get to know your animal a lot more,” Tucker said. “After you’re done showing it’s like all the hard work’s paid off; and how I got grand champion was working with him and everything, That’s a huge payoff, and I was excited that we won.”
This is Tucker’s second year showing at the fair, said his father, Tim Webb. Last year he took a dairy feeder, but it didn’t make weight to be auctioned off. This year, Tucker auctioned last year’s steer and Stubby.
“(Tucker learned) how hard you have to work, sacrificing if you want to do good. Nothing comes easy,” Webb said. “He made a lot of sacrifices with his friends because he had a steer to take care of, whether it be feed it or walk it. … He learned to work hard.”
Kalt Manufacturing in North Ridgeville bought the steer. Webb said the money earned from Stubby, who weighed in at 1,350 pounds, will be invested in a college fund so Tucker doesn’t spend it all on video games and candy.
“We’re very fortunate and we’re lucky that like I said there was some very, very good showmen and animals, and it was a family effort to get him here and we’re very grateful for it,” Webb said.
Patrick Finnegan, 9, of Amherst, sold his grand champion dairy steer for $2.20 per pound. The 13-month-old animal, named Ben, weighed 1,534 pounds and was bought by Bob’s Truck Tire Sales Service in Oberlin.
Patrick said he had some trouble when showing Ben.
“It was hard because he wouldn’t stop, but it was fun,” Patrick said.
This was Patrick’s first year showing, and his mother, Kristi Finnegan, said it was amazing to see her son raise the steer during the past year.
“I didn’t know how much time and effort it takes to raise these animals, let alone trust them as well,” she said.
While her husband grew up on a farm and participating in the fair, Kristi Finnegan said the past year has been a learning experience for her as much as Patrick.
“It was amazing, I didn’t know that he could do it at 9 years old, and he did. He worked with his animals everyday ... and got them to trust him, and it paid off,” she said. “It was very amazing to see my 9-year-old do that.”
The family is going to put the money from the auction into a college fund for Patrick, and Kristi Finnegan said her husband and Patrick are looking at calves for next year.
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